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Demand for coal has been growing faster than any other energy source Print E-mail
Written by Krishna Kumar   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Tiruchirappalli:  John Topper, Managing Director, International Energy Agency - Clean Coal Centre (IEA-CCC), UK, said that demand for coal has been growing faster than any other energy source and is projected to account for more than one-third of the incremental increase in global energy demand.

"Work is being undertaken in India, EU, Japan, USA, and China to develop ultra supercritical boilers and advanced ultra supercritical boilers system to increase the efficiency of generation and reduce CO2 emissions. In India, an ambitious date has been set for operation of an 800 MW demonstration plant," Dr Topper said.

He said that Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plants are already in operation all over the world and about 5 of them have overcome their initial technical problems and established the plant reliability and availability on par with other established power generation technologies.

He was speaking at a workshop on "Supply & Demand of Coal and Power Plant Technology Evolution", organised at BHEL Tiruchi.

Speaking about importance of Carbon capture and storage, he said, "Rising global energy demands the need to drastically cut CO2 emissions which require a transformation in the way energy are produced, delivered and consumed. This change in the approach will spur a large-scale transformation of the energy sector and could reduce worldwide energy-related emissions of CO2 by half in 2050, using a combination of existing and new technologies."

He also noted that global energy use grows by 36%, with non-OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)– led by China, where demand surges by 75% – accounting for almost all of the increase.

AV Krishnan, Executive Director BHEL, Tiruchirappalli said that at BHEL, Research and Development programmes are aligned with state-of-the-art technological developments taking place world-wide in order to accelerate the pace of research programmes. R Kumar, General Manager, Engineering, BHEL, Tiruchirappalli said BHEL has contracted over 960 boilers capable of generating over 1,36,073 MW of energy. BHEL Tiruchirappalli has also exported 21 numbers of steam generators, he added.

BHEL Tiruchi has obtained Sponsor Member Status of the International Energy Agency -Coal Research Centre (IEA-CCC), an international organisation supported by over 16 member countries and the European Community to promote innovation and sustainable development of coal as a clean source of energy. Through this, BHEL Tiruchi has gained access to a wealth of information on coal research.

 
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